Turkmenistan signs new gas deal with Iran

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TEHRAN, Dec. 30 (MNA) – Turkmenistan’s President has signed a new gas deal with Iran under which Ashgabat will continue its gas exports to the Islamic Republic, an official at Iran’s Ministry of Petroleum (MoP) said Friday.

The Iranian official went on to add that the details of the new gas agreement will be worked out in the presence of experts.

This morning, due to Turkmens’ persistence on threating to cut gas exports to Iran over claims of a $2 billion debt, the Iranian delegation left the negotiating table to return home. At the airport, Turkmenistan’s officials persuaded the Iranian delegation to come back to the negotiating table in hopes for reaching an agreement on gas delivery to Iran.

An informed source had told Mehr News that if the two sides did not reach an agreement today, Iran was likely to cancel the gas deal from Saturday and start supplying northern provinces with domestic production.

According to experts, if the deal were to fall through, Ashgabat would be dealt the most amount of loss as Iran is the only buyer of its gas, besides China. 

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